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13.04.2017

Crimean Tatar placed on Russia’s List of Extremists & Deprived of Pension for Calling Crimea Ukraine

Suleiman Kadyrov has become the latest Ukrainian to be added to Russia’s ‘List of Terrorists and Extremists’ for openly calling Crimea part of Ukraine. The 54-year-old retired policeman faces a 5-year prison sentence for what Russia is calling ‘public calls to activities aimed at violating Russia’s territorial integrity’ | detail

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12.04.2017

Pro-Ukrainian victim of savage attack faces ’extremism’ sentence for Crimea is Ukraine post

Ukrainian activist Ihor Movenko is facing criminal prosecution in Russian-occupied Crimea for so-called ‘extremism’, 7 months after a vicious attack on the 39-year-old from Sevastopol resulted in administrative charges against the victim, and no criminal investigation against the man who attacked him. | detail

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10.04.2017

Russian media twist Bellingcat study to find Ukrainian Buk in Donbas before MH17

Incredibly, some Ukrainian websites have copy-pasted Russian propaganda media, including a website closely linked with the defence ministry, which deliberately distorted the findings of a new Bellingcat investigation | detail

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04.04.2017

Russia ignores its own international agreements in trying journalist for saying Crimea is Ukraine

Russia is claiming that Mykola Semena sought to violate Russia’s territorial integrity in a text opposing Russian annexation, although it has never withdrawn from international conventions which recognize Crimea as Ukrainian | detail

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23.03.2017

Menacing FSB interrogations of Ukrainian Cultural Centre activists in Russian-occupied Crimea

Four members of the Ukrainian Cultural Centre have faced FSB interrogation in a move that seems clearly aimed at intimidation and at labelling any pro-Ukrainian activities, however unpolitical, as ‘extremist’. Another activist is facing possible criminal charges for a photo on her social network page with a Ukrainian flag. | detail

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21.03.2017

Crimean journalist accused of contempt of court for demanding open trial

The first hearing into Russia’s trial in occupied Crimea of journalist Mykola Semena ended shortly after beginning on Monday, March 20, with the prosecution calling the defence ‘capricious’ and their demand for open hearings ‘contempt of court’. | detail

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14.03.2017

Russia uses denunciation as pretext for new repression against Crimean Tatar Mejlis

Nariman Dzhelyal, First Deputy Head of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis, or representative assembly has faced interrogation in Russia’s so-called ‘Centre for Countering Extremism’, with the move a menacing warning of what could follow. Russia is resurrecting the worst traditions of Soviet times, and a denunciation was given as pretext for the summons. | detail

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01.03.2017

Russia moves from armed invasion of Crimea to 5-year sentences for Ukrainians who object

Exactly three years after Russian soldiers with machine guns, but no insignia seized control in Crimea, a Ukrainian journalist has gone on trial, accused of ‘public calls to violate Russian territorial integrity’ for an article in which he called this occupation and expressed the wish that it would end | detail

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27.02.2017

Donbas militant media – nothing bad about militants or Russia, nothing good about Ukraine

The Internet media in the self-proclaimed ‘Donbas and Luhansk people’s republics’ [DNR, LNR] have virtually nothing but praise for Russia and, of course, themselves, while finding nothing positive to say about areas under Ukrainian government control | detail

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15.02.2017

Another Rights Activist ‘Deported’ from Russian-occupied Crimea

Russia is increasingly using citizenship as one of its weapons against dissent and civic activism in occupied Crimea. It has claimed that imprisoned Crimean filmmaker Oleg Sentsov and civic activist Oleksandr Kolchenko ‘automatically’ became Russian citizens as its excuse for not returning the two Ukrainian political prisoners, yet uses lack of Russian citizenship in other cases to remove people from their homeland. | detail

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08.02.2017

Russia to publish “anti-Ukrainian Ukrainian newspaper” in occupied Crimea

The Russian media has widely reported plans to publish “the first Ukrainian-language newspaper in Crimea”. ‘First’ it is not, but it will be the only paper in Ukrainian since Russia’s invasion and occupation of Crimea. It may be used merely for propaganda purposes, however the ‘Ukrainian society’ supposedly behind the initiative was formed by the occupation government and has an openly anti-Kyiv position | detail

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07.02.2017

‘Ukrainian regional news site’ linked with Putin Chef’s Internet troll factory

An apparently ‘Ukrainian’ website often quoted in the Russian media has a St. Petersburg address and is probably one of the ‘troll factory’ enterprises owned by Yevgeny Prigozhin, a millionaire often referred to as Russian President Vladimir Putin’s favourite chef. | detail

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06.02.2017

‘Patriotic but Questionable” Language Laws Help Moscow, not Ukrainian Unity

Three draft language laws tabled in Ukraine’s parliament have elicited mixed reactions in Ukraine and a predictable stream of fake news stories and deliberate misinformation from Russian and pro-Russian media | detail

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26.01.2017

Russian FSB stage abduction to deprive Crimean Tatar leader of his lawyer

Instead of abandoning the extraordinary ‘separatism’ charges against Crimean Tatar leader Ilmi Umerov for rightly saying that Russia should stop occupying Crimea, Russia’s FSB are resorting to illegal measures aimed at preventing a well-known Russian lawyer from representing Umerov. | detail

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24.01.2017

Journalist faces mandatory 5-year sentence for saying Russia should leave Crimea

Any lingering doubt that Russia would genuinely convict a journalist for expressing the same position as the United National and all democratic countries has now been quashed. On Jan 20, Mykola Semena and his lawyer were presented with an indictment that is both eerily Soviet and openly surreal | detail

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16.01.2017

International NGOs should get the facts right re Ukraine’s ‘Ban’ on Russian TV Dozhd

Ukraine’s removal of the independent Russian Dozhd TV from cable networks elicited angry responses and accusations of ’censorship’ from at least two international NGOs, neither of whom fully addressed the reason for the restrictions imposed, or what they did not entail.. | detail

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16.01.2017

FSB detains Ukrainian Cultural Centre activist & his wife in Russian-occupied Crimea

Russia’s FSB is preparing ‘extremism’ charges against yet another pro-Ukrainian Crimean, a young mother of two small children, with the pretext this time being a post on the social network VKontakte. | detail

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02.01.2017

Crimean Tatar leader added to Russian List of ‘Terrorists & Extremists’ for Opposing Annexation

Russia has added Crimean Tatar Mejlis leader Ilmi Umerov to its notoriously long list of so-called ‘Terrorists and Extremists’ for saying, as do all democratic states, that Russia should be made to leave Crimea. With its customary contempt for presumption of innocence, it has also added all 19 Crimean Muslims whom it is holding in custody and charging with unproven involvement in an organization which is legal in Ukraine. | detail

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21.12.2016

Russia prepares new criminal charges as Crimean Tatar leader refuses to be silenced

Russia appears to be concocting yet another criminal prosecution against 59-year-old Crimean Tatar Mejlis leader Ilmi Umerov over statements expressing the same position on Russia’s occupation of Crimea as that set out in resolutions from the UN General Assembly, Council of Europe and all democratic countries | detail

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14.12.2016

Misleading OSCE Media report ignores Russia’s annexation of Crimea

An OSCE representative should certainly treat Crimea and areas under the control of Kremlin-backed militants as Ukraine, but ignoring Russia’s culpability for flagrant rights violations leads to serious distortion of the facts. This is just one of the concerns about the report by Dunja Mijatović, the OSCE Representative on Media Freedom. | detail

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